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I'm the kind of reader that is automatically curious as soon as I see a book that's a bit different from the normal. However, I'm also a little scared of them - what if I don't understand why a book is clever, or funny, or profound because it's just STRANGE to me?
This list is all about books that caught my eye for being different - and proved I had nothing to be scared of.
Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson
With a plot based in Christian eschatology, in theory I should never have liked this series. But it was the main character that really made this series for me - and despite my reservations, the religious aspect didn't bother me at all - and by the end I actually understood more about it ;)
Every Day by David Levithan
Yes yes, this one AGAIN. But the gender neutrality of A, the underlying message of the book, and the idea of inhabiting a different persons body every single day without having your own body? Fascinating, moving and intense.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
It's the subject matter that makes Forbidden a little unique - but it's the way that Suzuma made me care about the characters that really made it stand out to me.
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
The only intersex book I've ever read, it's also an outstanding book with characters that I adored and despised as appropriate, and the kind of gritty plot that I love.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
This is just about as unique as a book can get - there are pages with just a few words in the middle of the page, upside-down, sideways, diagonal, multiple columns on one page - I loved it, but just to look at it is pretty mind blowing. And yes, the story is just as freaky as the format.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
In the Shadow of Blackbirds is unique because it takes a whole bunch of genres - paranormal, historical fiction, romance and squishes them all together, sandwiched between photographs in the most unusual and perfect way.
Meat by Joseph D'Lacey
The first (and only) eco-horror-dystopian I've ever read, it's also horror with a social message - and along with being more than slightly disturbing, it's a book that made me think about meat in a whole different light (but I still love a bacon sarnie)
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
YA dystopian/PA isn't THAT unusual ;) but there are so many elements in Not a Drop to Drink that go against the standard formula - there's no overwhelming romance, it's a page turner even when not a lot is happening and has some of the strongest female characters I've ever read.
The Three by Sarah Lotz
I'm still at a bit of a loss how to describe this book (my review has been in draft format for several weeks as I keep thinking about the book and tweaking things), but it was so riveting. Although I need to wipe it from my mind before I fly next.....
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Although a GLBT isn't unique for Levithan, the narration of this one is about as unique as it comes - a Greek chorus of AIDS victims isn't a recurring theme in YA GLBT novels.
What unique books have you read? I need some more odd ones for my collection ;-)